Quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson were selected with back-to-back picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and they will be (rightfully or not) compared throughout their football careers. Last season, they faced off against each other and Wilson got the best of Lawrence, leading the New York Jets to a 26-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. However, the former Clemson Tiger has gotten the last laugh.
The NFL Player Association (NFLPA) recently published the list of the top 50 jersey sales from March 1, 2021, to February 28, 2022, and Lawrence popped up at 32. He beat Wilson and other more established players such as Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (33), fellow quarterback Jalen Hurts (35), and even San Francisco superstar wide receiver Deebo Samuel (43). In fact, Wilson barely made the cut at No. 50.
On the other hand, Lawrence lagged behind other NFL stars such as former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (26), and division rival running back Derrick Henry (21). Tom Brady earned the top spot and Patrick Mahones was second. Here’s the whole list in case you want to look at it.
Trevor Lawrence will move several spots if the Jaguars start winning.
It’s highly unlikely that only Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans bought Tom Brady jerseys. The same is true for Patrick Mahomes, as there’s no way only those who root for the Kansas City Chiefs purchase his gear. Brady and Mahomes are at the top of the sales list because they have been two of the most prominent players in the league and had their teams competing at a high level. If Trevor Lawrence can do the same for the Jaguars, his merchandise will be bought in bigger volumes.
Similarly, other Jaguars players will also show up on the list if they start winning. Leaving aside injuries, running back James Robinson doesn’t have a bigger national profile because the Jags haven’t been very good in a while. If cornerback Tyson Campbell picks up where he left off in his promising rookie campaign, he might have a realistic shot to make the cut too.
Another Jaguar that could show up on the list is rookie defensive lineman Travon Walker. As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 draft, the former Georgia Bulldog could get the national spotlight if he makes an impact right off the bat.
Would it be nice to see other Jaguars besides Lawrence make the list of the top 50 selling jerseys in the NFL? Sure, but that will happen once they start winning football games on a regular basis. Once the wins come, their merch will be in high demand.